Boomers: Reframing Aging and Transforming Elderhood

In addition to COVID-19 and the uncertain future of The United Methodist Church, one of the greatest challenges facing church leaders in 2021 is the aging of our congregations. United Methodist churches are graying; our members are growing older. Nearly 70 million Americans make up the Baby Boomer Generation — persons born between 1946-1964. Starting January 1, 2021, leading-edge Boomers ...

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Miriam’s Promise Receives Grant for Webinar Series for Grandparents

Miriam’s Promise, an independent not-for-profit adoption agency in Nashville, Tennessee, received a $1,250 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant is being used to help fund a webinar series to prepare grandparents for an adopted grandchild. During the pandemic, Miriam’s Promise has moved training to a virtual setting. ...

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Rubber Band Theory

by Pat Brandenstein Have you ever wrapped, twisted, and pulled a rubber band several times? What happens? Under stress, the rubber band eventually breaks. Our lives are something like a rubber band. We are surrounded by stress — working, meeting deadlines, interacting with others, keeping up with daily chores and appointments, shopping, and so forth. Physiologists have measured the degrees ...

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